Le Quartier Francais- Franschhoek, South Africa
What Colour is Love?
In the case of Le Quartier Francais, this luxury Relais & Châteaux boutique Hotel with its multi-award winning restaurant – The Tasting Room – the answer has to be a rainbow. Dots and strokes of bright, sparkling colours can be found wherever you turn your eyes, making this extraordinary place even warmer and more welcoming than the dazzling service its guests receive. Its love for hospitality, comfort and service has earned the hotel and restaurant its on-going fame and stellar reputation across the Republic of South Africa and the wider world.
Le Quartier Francais consists of various elements, each outlet a gem in its own right.
The Le Quartier Francais Hotel
A tranquil oasis in the heart of the cosmopolitan village of Franschhoek and surrounded by stunning Cape Winelands scenery, Le Quartier Francais is owned and mindfully run by the inimitable Susan Huxter. Having garnered awards year upon year, Travel & Leisure magazine currently rates it the 14th best lodge in Africa and the Middle East whilst Conde Nast Traveler readers decided it was the only Franschhoek hotel worthy of a place on its Gold List this year.
Le Quartier Francais’ 18 spacious rooms and 4 luxurious suites, some with access to their own private pool, offer oversized beds and understated quirkiness. Completed in August 2013, exotic culinary breakfasts are taken in the hotel’s new Garden Room where floor to ceiling windows offer views over the lush gardens to the breath-taking escarpments beyond.
For the adventurous, the Le Quartier Francais team offers an array of extraordinary bookable experiences whilst the weary are pampered with onsite spa treatments. General manager Linda Coltart and the 120 employees take care of each minute detail, ensuring their guests a unique and memorable experience during their time at Le Quartier Francais.
The new Le Quartier Lounge Bar & Garden Room
The result of a winter of hard work, the village’s first lounge bar fronts onto Franschhoek`s boutique and art gallery peppered high street. An elegant open-air terrace with comfortably cushioned banquettes and shaded tables is perfect for delectable teas, celebratory bubbles or moreish cocktails.
The bar itself is housed within a high ceilinged room with beautiful wooden beams from which hand crystal decanter lampshades light up the room as night closes in. Decorated in a muted palette with pink topped bar stools adding vibrant pops of colour, a “high-heel” bar with carved legs and a thick pale oak top spans the length of the back wall. On display behind the bar sit row upon row of home infused spirits and cordials using local herbs and spices, vital ingredients in the many craft cocktails which complement the well-mastered classics. The extensive all local wine list is highlighted by wines from the family’s Möreson vineyard whilst beer lovers are similarly spoilt with artisanal brews. A bar bites menu created by Le Quartier Francais` executive chef Margot Janse completes the experience with the likes of Crayfish Popcorn with Lime Salt and Sticky Wildebeest Donuts with Nettle Powder surprising even the most well-travelled of guests. Head chef of sister restaurant Bread & Wine, Neil Jewell supplies the extraordinary house-made charcuterie.
The only place of its kind in Franschhoek, here, you can not only live like a local but mix with them too as local winemakers, lawyers and artists mingle amicably with international guests.
The Tasting Room
The recently refurbished gourmet restaurant The Tasting Room has become a regular fixture on the World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards list and current rests at number 53. It is considered one of the finest restaurants in Africa and has been awarded the title of Best Restaurant in Africa and the Middle East no less than five times under the guiding hand and mind of longtime local resident Margot Janse, the Dutch, marathon running, Relais & Châteaux Grande Chef.
Crowned S.Pellegrino Chef of the Year 2012 by Eat Out, Margot Janse is a staunch explorer and flagbearer for local and indigenous produce and creates refined food around these unusual flavours. Ingredients like Karoo Wildebeest, Swartland Guineafowl are paired with baobab, honeybush or sour figs to give her guests an idea of exceptional indigenous deliciousness. From all over the world, gourmets flock to her table, in a room designed by her brother, the renowned set designer Herbert Janse, as the perfect platform for her creations. In the proud and enthusiastic hands of the long-standing staff gourmets from around the world spend a magical, culinary night in this most exquisite restaurant.
The “Isabelo: Sharing is Caring Project”
Two years ago, Le Quartier Francais joined forces with a local dietitian to develop a nutritious muffin recipe, crammed full of all the daily nutritional requirements that growing children need. Due to the generous support of the hotel’s guests and friends, muffins and healthy meals are now delivered daily to three local nurseries, five days a week.
Bread and Wine Vineyard Restaurant
Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant located on the family farm – Möreson – is a relaxed and rustic lunchtime experience. Here Neil Jewell – Executive Head Chef and South African Charcuterie King – prepares the dishes using only the freshest local ingredients. His food and approach are like a bite out of his personality – fresh, tasty and infused with a passion for life. He constantly charters new territory and his charcuterie is now consumed not only by his guests but by those of restaurants far and wide.
Nested next door to Le Quartier Francais is Susan Huxter’s Delicious Hotel, an unpacked version of the traditional hotel offering a central village location without the wallet-lightening add-ons. Three room categories- the itsy bitsy, the teeny weeny and the bigger than a bikini- a swimming pool, a selection of Supe- Ups and Activating adventures make up the unique Delicious offering.
Entered from the High Street or via the hotel’s unusual indigenous Herb and Sculpture Garden lies – “is art” – Ilse Schermers’ art gallery at Le Quartier Français, a fine art gallery specialising in contemporary South African art. www.is-art.co.za
A Le Creuset pop up shop, will open at Le Quartier Français in October 2013.
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A: Cnr Berg & Wilhelmina Streets